Peeping Tom: Father (Vader)

Peeping Tom: Father (Vader)

Part of London Interntional Mime Festival, 2019

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24 January 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Pepping Tom have had huge success here with previous shows The Mother and 32 Rue Vandenbranden which picked up an Olivier. So if you are not so sure about visual and physical theatre this could be the place to start. It is likely to be a miracle of design in which fantasy and reality meld to tell the story of an elderly father counting out his final days in a care home.”


The phenomenal choreography and enigmatic visual imagery of Peeping Tom plunge viewers into the realm between fantasy and reality in this empathetic, swirling and surprising portrait of ageing.

Towering walls surround the visiting room of a care home where an elderly man, also a father, counts his final days. Revealed in shifting scenes that speak of isolation, divinity, ridicule and melancholia, we learn more of his complex identity and lived experiences. As people and objects move around the figure, we are drawn into hallucinatory moments in which memories make way for something far less lucid.

Astonishing dance, song and live music are interwoven into this incisive and compassionate piece. Father forms the first part of the company’s surreal trilogy on families echoing their own reminiscences, mysteries and hopes. Seen here in January 2018, Mother was described as ‘a brilliant mix of naturalistic observation and weirdness’ (Independent) while their earlier work, 32 rue Vandenbranden, presented in 2015, picked up an Olivier.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

A harrowing, slapstick look at care-home life

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 30 Jan - Sat 2 Feb, 7.45pm
Runtime: 1 hr 25 mins


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